Chris Frey


Chris is a writer, editor, publisher, multimedia maker, and the Toronto correspondent for Monocle. He is the founding editor of three award-winning publications, including Hazlitt, the influential online magazine he created for Penguin Random House Canada, where he also served as the director of digital publishing. A six-time National Magazine Award winner in categories including best video, web design and magazine of the year, Chris's writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Azure, ICON, Maisonneuve, Canadian Geographic, and The Alpine Review. In addition to writing and editing, he has produced documentaries for CBC Radio and Monocle 24; at the Toronto Standard and Hazlitt he co-created and produced the web-only series "Made in Toronto" and "Pagelicker". Broken Atlas, his book of foreign reportage documenting the past ten years of globalization will be published by Random House Canada.

Vanessa Wyse


Vanessa has launched, redesigned, and repositioned editorial products for large media brands, including Chatelaine, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and Ryerson University. She is the founder and creative director of Studio Wyse. Before that she was the founding creative director of the internationally-recognized city weekly The Grid, where she led a team of talented designers, photo editors, and contributors to more than 70 national and international awards including three consecutive Society of News Design (SND) World’s Best Designed Newspaper awards, becoming the first ever back-to back-to back winner in the history of SND. A nine-time National Magazine Award winner her work has also received awards and accolades from the Society of Publication Design (U.S.), ADCC (Canada), and D&AD (UK). Nothing makes Vanessa happier than pulling something apart and fixing it. Fun fact: she can’t wink with one eye, but neither can Rihanna.

Patrick Pittman


Patrick is a magazine obsessive caught in the space between print obsession and digital addiction. He has spent his career poking, prodding, pushing, telling stories, and building communities across platforms. He was most recently the creative and editorial director of Toronto content agency Totem, where he headed-up Folio and CMA award-winning projects with some of North America’s largest brands. Long ago, he was the co-founder of Australian design and digital firm Papercut Media. He’s been editor of some iconic independent magazines – currently The Alpine Review, previously Dumbo Feather. He has been a correspondent for Monocle in Australia, the South Pacific, and Canada. He has worked for countless other magazines, online outlets, radio stations, and organizations around the world, from indies to the mainstream, and consulted regularly for creative agencies on content and creative strategy. His debut theatre work, Prompter, was staged in Melbourne in 2013. He’s partly responsible for this weekly email and entirely responsible for this occasional mix of weird music.


Jason McBride


Jason is an award-winning writer and editor. He writes frequently on culture, politics and business for Toronto Life, New York, the New York Times Magazine, Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail, The Believer and other publications. He has been an editor at Toronto Life, Block magazine, Cinema Scope, and Coach House Books, where he created the acclaimed non-fiction imprint Exploded Views. He is currently working on a biography of Kathy Acker for Columbia University Press.

Nicola Hamilton


Since escaping rural Ontario and starting her career at The Grid, Nicola’s work has been internationally recognized by the D&AD, the Society of Publication Designers, the Society for News Design, and the Canadian National Magazine Awards. Most recently she was the deputy art director of Chatelaine where she helped lead the team through a redesign of both print and digital properties and helped establish video and Facebook LIVE platforms.

David Michon

@daveoncue @david_michon

David is the former editor of Icon magazine, and former managing editor of Monocle and Winkreative creative agency. An independent strategist, editor and journalist, he works on projects across a range of categories – from reviving staid print media and launching podcasts to devising new business and creative strategies for companies in tech, urbanism and architecture.

Sherry Kennedy


Sherry has over 14 years’ experience as a coordinator, producer, project manager and creative collaborator in film, television, commercial, installation, and publication for clients including Acura, Sobeys, Ikea, Visa/TIFF and Google Brazil. She is currently a partner and project manager for the semiannual art, science and technology magazine, HOLO, has co-curated, programmed and has organized the inaugural ACT Festival in Gwangju, South Korea.

Elmo Keep


Elmo is a writer and journalist working in North America and currently based in Oaxaca. In her ten years of writing and reporting, Elmo’s work has taken her across Australia, to Vietnam, London, Paris, Latin America, Greenland, The Canadian High Arctic, Mexico, and twenty-eight US states. Her writing has appeared in Matter, The Awl, Vice, The Verge, The International New York Times, Fusion, The Rumpus, The Lifted Brow and many others.

Danielle Groen


Danielle is a National Magazine Award-winning writer and editor whose work has appeared in publications like The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Life and The National Post. She was the features director at Chatelaine, Canada’s largest women’s media brand, and a senior editor at the city weekly The Grid.

Marie-Eve Belanger


Marie-Eve is an experience designer and design researcher based in Toronto. She builds services and experiences that people want, with an eye towards the organisation’s operational capabilities. She has worked with national and global organisations to assess their experience strategy, implement new human-centered products and services, and build relevant internal capabilities.

John Di Palma


John has collaborated with national and global brands on design research and customer experience strategy. With an eye toward design practices and platforms of interaction, he addresses the entangled social and infrastructural factors that shape organizations. He is the principal at Circle Group, a leadership research and advisory firm.

Christine Sismondo


A National Magazine Award-winning writer, Christine has been writing about food, drink and travel for newspapers, magazines and private clients for 15 years. She is also the author of Mondo Cocktail: A Shaken and Stirred History and America Walks into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops.